EnviroTuesday - “Terrestrial Landscapes in a Changing World: Global Change Impacts on Ecosystem Ecology”
- 11:00 AM
Tuesday Nov 14, 2017
Olin-Rice Science Center 350
Speaker: Dr. Christine O’Connell, Environmental Studies/Biology Ecology Candidate
Terrestrial ecosystems are experiencing two related global change impacts: climate change and widespread land-use/land-cover change, much of which is driven by agricultural expansion and management. This presentation investigates two case studies in order to ask the question: How will terrestrial global change impact ecosystem ecology? First, Dr. O’Connell will explore the ecological consequences of agriculture in the Amazon rainforest. For a second case study, she reports the effects of the severe 2015 Caribbean drought on below ground nutrient cycling and soil greenhouse gas emissions in a wet tropical forest in Puerto Rico. As global change continues, determining how to utilize dynamic landscapes while minimizing ecological disruption will be key to sustainability.
Contact: Ann Esson, email@example.com
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